This 1912 fantasy short story tells of the quest of a valiant and shrewd knight to win the hoard of the Gibbelins. But it won't be easy. "The Gibbelins eat, as is well known, nothing less good than man. Their evil tower is joined to Terra Cognita, to the lands we know, by a bridge. Their hoard is beyond reason; avarice has no use for it; they have a separate cellar for emeralds and a separate cellar for sapphires; they have filled a hole with gold and dig it up when they need it. And the... Topic: Audiobook - Fiction Source: The Book of Wonder by Lord Dunsany, 1912.
A cute little story about a cute little girl and what happened when they put her in charge of a raffle at the parish fair. Kathleen Thompson Norris, who wrote both as "Jane Ireland" and "Kathleen Norris" (no relation to today's writer of that name) was a prolific and popular writer of non-fiction, short stories and novels, as well as working as a reporter. Her half-Irish and Catholic heritage gave her a different viewpoint, and her experience with working for her living and... Topic: Audiobook - Fiction Source: The Works of Kathleen Norris, Vol. III, Gutenberg
An undefended city. Citizens who have forgotten war. Enemies on the march. And seven dead heroes of old. One of the great fantasy writers of all time, Lord Dunsany was comfortable writing everything from opium dreams to darkly realistic modern fantasy, from novels to hit plays. Here he is with a high fantasy short story from 1908. Enjoy. Topic: Audiobook - Fiction Source: "The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories", at Gutenberg.
A lost treasure, a lady in distress, and a message from beyond the grave! This 1855 story is an earlier appearance of Harry Escott from "What Was It? -- A Mystery", and features the same entertaining mixture of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Topic: Audiobook - Fiction
An lonely old man with a vanished, disgraced son. A sweet Skye terrier who's always in disgrace. What's brewing in a town called Hopskotch? Topic: Audiobook - Fiction Source: Harper's New Monthly Magazine, June 1861
This 1877 short story depicts a voyageur town on the Missouri River, and the strange alliance during a winter of sickness between two of its non-voyageur residents: Father De Smet, a Catholic priest, and Mademoiselle Ninon, a woman of easy virtue. The light and humorous story grows rather sad by the end, but never loses hope. Topic: Audiobook - Fiction Source: A Mountain Woman, by Elia W. Peattie, 1877.
The classic story of a man who learns to love his country when it is taken away from him. This complete and unabridged version from Hale's 1868 story collection includes many incidents cut from textbooks, as well as an illuminating introduction by the author which reveals unknown facts about the tale. Listen to it again for the very first time! Topic: Audiobook - Fiction Source: The Man Without a Country and Other Tales by Edward Everett Hale, 1868.
A short glimpse at a Russian family on the day before Lent begins. Written in 1887, and translated by Marian Fell, 1915. The Russian title literally translates as "On the Eve of the Fast". Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Holidays Source: Russian Silhouettes, 1915. Translated by Marian Fell.
The classic Dr. Thorndyke mystery continues. When is a fingerprint not proof? The plot thickens, things begin to look very black for the suspect, Dr. Jervis gets into heart trouble, and Dr. Thorndyke nearly gets his brains racked. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery, romance Source: The Red Thumb Mark by R. Austin Freeman
Dr. Thorndyke receives a rather deadly gift, and Miss Gibson continues to be rather inquisitive about Dr. Thorndyke's plans for the defense. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery Source: The Red Thumb Mark by R. Austin Freeman
Cullerne, once a Dorset seaport, now is a tiny town in the middle of a marshy nowhere. Its huge old church badly needs restoration, and Arthur Westray is sent by his firm to handle matters. But sleepy Cullerne is full of old secrets and mysteries, and everywhere you look is the Blandamer coat of arms -- the Nebuly Coat. (John Meade Falkner is also the author of Moonfleet and The Lost Stradivarius.) Part 2 Part 3 favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery Source: The Nebuly Coat by John Meade Falkner, 1903.
As Dr. Berkeley's dreams crumble, new evidence is discovered. And it may be a matter of life or death for his friends.... Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery, romance
An Egyptologist is missing. An inheritance is at stake. Accusations are flying. A young doctor begins to make inquiries -- and is strangely charmed by the people at the center of the case. Another mystery starring Edwardian London's CSI -- Dr. Thorndyke! Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery Source: The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman
Strange ancient machines possessing vast power have been discovered. Ruthless people want to control them. Governments, industries, and universities claw for jurisdiction, and scientists for discoveries and status. Trigger Argee just wants to go home and see her boyfriend. But first, she's got a lot of mess to sort out. James H. Schmitz was known and loved for his interesting far future worlds, his flair for adventure and mystery, and his likeable strong female characters. Topics: Audiobook - fiction, science fiction
The planet Zarathustra is going through a dry spell. Land-prawns, ecologists, and scared bureaucrats are coming out of the woodwork. But there's more trouble to come. The cutest little alien critter you've ever seen: Little Fuzzy. This book is widely regarded as a minor sf classic, and is much loved. favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 5 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Science Fiction Source: Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper
The 1853 classic of British humor continues, as Mr. Sponge visits a country house whose owners mistakenly think he's rich. He thinks the same thing about them -- and their daughters. It's a clash of humbug vs. humbug! Who will win? Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11 Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Comedy Source: Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour, by R.S. Surtees, 1852
The comical misfortunes of Mr. Sponge (and the unlucky Lord Scamperdale) continue! Mr. Sponge manages to annoy his groom, who is determined to have his revenge. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11 Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Comedy Source: Mr Sponge's Sporting Tour by R.S. Surtees, 1852
Harriet Prescott Spofford's first published story is a mystery of Parisians, diplomacy, and diamonds. You'll never believe it was written in 1859! Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery Source: "In a Cellar" by Harriet Prescott Spofford
The English comedy classic continues, as Mr. Sponge begins his visit to Mr. Puffington. Mr. Puffington thinks Mr. Sponge is a famous sportswriter, and is desperate to impress him and get good press! Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11 Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Comedy Source: Mr Sponge's Sporting Tour by R.S. Surtees, 1852
Mr Sponge's epic tour of foxhunting England continues! Jack Spraggon comes to Jawleyford Court while Mr. Jawleyford pretends to be too sick for company, and Mr. Sponge attempts once more to ride with Lord Scamperdale's Flat Hat Hunt. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11 Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Comedy Source: Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour, by R.S. Surtees
The chapter "All Hallows Eve" from Traits and Stories of the Welsh Peasantry is a wonderful short story about a Welsh Halloween party, and some spooky Welsh stories about the night. Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Fantasy, Horror
LibriVox recording of My Brilliant Career, by Miles Franklin. Sybella "There is no plot in this story, because there has been none in my life or in any other life which has come under my notice. I am one of a class, the individuals of which have no time for plots in their life, but have all they can do to get their work done without indulging in such a luxury". Like the author Miles Franklin, Sybella grows up in the bush , and as her family's fortunes decline , so her feelings rise... Topic: LibriVox,audiobook,fiction,australia Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
In the final ten chapters of this funny classic novel, Mr. Sponge confronts the New Year, children, and falling in love. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11 Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Comedy Source: Mr Sponge's Sporting Tour by R.S. Surtees, 1852
Our diplomat detective is still desperate to detect that diamond, in this daring drama with a very different denouement. Do enjoy! favorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery Source: "In a Cellar" by Harriet Prescott Spofford
Take one antebellum New York college student with a crazy dream of the perfect microscope. Add one spiritualist (modeled after the Fox sisters), one diamond, and one drop of water. Stir. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Science Fiction
A diamond company's detective must discover how an impossible robbery was done. George Griffith (1857-1906), a Welsh explorer, journalist, and writer, is best known today for his airship science fiction adventures, such as The Outlaws of the Air and The Angel of the Revolution. But he also wrote in other genres. Here he gives us a straight mystery. Topics: Audiobook - fiction, mystery
A short medieval story about the rewards of prayer and service to God. Topics: Audiobook - fiction, religion, folklore Source: Aucassin and Nicolette, and Other Medieval Romances. Translated from the French by Eugene Mason.
Fantasy and horror in the South Seas! This 1919 classic has influenced many writers and filmmakers, including the creators of the tv show Lost and the roleplaying game Dungeons and Dragons. Abraham Merritt was a journalist, editor, and pulp writer. He died in 1943. His novels Burn, Witch, Burn! and Seven Footprints to Satan have been adapted into movies. Part 2 favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews ) Topics: Audiobook - fiction, fantasy
The epic story of Jason and the Argonauts, and their quest for the Golden Fleece. As told by Apollonius Rhodius, in the translation by M.A. Seaton. The last 2 parts are in Part 2. Topics: Audiobook - fiction, folklore, mythology Source: M.A. Seaton
Mr. Carlyle (Not a private detective! A private inquiry agent!) is desperate to solve his current case, and needs an after-hours expert opinion on a certain coin. Why on earth would the coin dealer recommend a blind man? Ernest Bramah wrote some great Oriental fantasy (the Kai Lung series), but he also wrote several collections' worth of Max Carrados detective stories. Enjoy. Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery
In this 1913 short story collection, a woman does wrong, gets on the wrong side of the law -- then becomes a very odd sort of detective, fighting for others who've done wrong but still deserve justice. Each story stands alone, but is just one chapter in the collection as a whole. Arthur B. Reeves was best known as the author of the Craig Kennedy detective series, but here's more of his prolific output. His interest in science and technology combines with personal criminological research to make... Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery Source: Constance Dunlap by Arthur B. Reeves, 1913.
Craig Kennedy is a professor at Columbia, an early adopter of the newest 1910 technology, and a brilliant criminologist. Jameson is a reporter for the New York Morning Star. Together, they fight crime! Arthur B. Reeves was a bestselling mystery writer who wrote prolifically from 1910 until his death in 1936. (Some of his pulp stories from the thirties were apparently ghostwritten.) Reeves was hugely and unashamedly influenced by Arthur Conan Doyle. In turn his clever use of real gadgets and the... Topics: Audiobook - Fiction, Mystery Source: The Silent Bullet, 1911